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The Thunder won 132-113. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan thought his team spent too much time shooting 3-pointers in two losses earlier this season to the Sacramento Kings. But on Wednesday night, the Thunder focused on their inside game and came away with a win.Paul George scored 43 points, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double and Steven Adams grabbed a career-high 23 rebounds in a 132-113 victory over the Kings. Oklahoma City had a season-best 66 rebounds, compared to 43 for Sacramento.ADVERTISEMENT “Steven was phenomenal on the glass,” Donovan said. “One of the things we wanted to do is play closer to the rim. I felt we needed to play closer to the basket.”George hit four 3-pointers and went 9 of 10 from the free throw line. Westbrook had 19 points, 17 assists and 11 boards for the 112th triple-double of his career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissGeorge and Adams had double-doubles — George pulled down 12 rebounds and Adams scored 20 points — as the Thunder won for the eighth time in 11 games. Nine of Adams’ rebounds came on the offensive end.“(Adams) has been doing that all season,” Westbrook said. “There’s nobody that’s going to stop him from doing what he’s doing every night.” UP NEXTThunder: At Utah on Saturday. Oklahoma City has won four straight against the Jazz.Kings: Play the second game of a three-game homestand when they host Memphis on Friday. Joerger coached the Grizzlies from 2013-16.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. George had 19 points, Westbrook scored 17 and Adams added 14 in the first half, and the Thunder held a 71-52 lead at the break. Oklahoma City maintained a double-digit advantage for most of the third quarter, though the Kings pulled within nine entering the fourth quarter.The Thunder opened the final period with a 9-0 run — with all the points coming from George — and had a comfortable lead the rest of the way.“We were getting some really good stops, so we didn’t have to do anything tricky,” Adams said. “We were just more disciplined than they were and they missed a lot of shots.”TIP-INSThunder: Westbrook also had six steals. … Adams had a double-double by halftime with 14 points and 15 rebounds. … OKC missed seven of its first 14 free throws, including five straight misses in less than two minutes of the second quarter by Westbrook. … The Thunder broke a three-game road losing streak. … Jerami Grant had 22 points.Kings: Had won their two previous games this season against the Thunder, by 131-120 in Oklahoma City on Oct. 21 and 117-113 in Sacramento on Nov. 19. The teams meet for the final time this regular season Feb. 23 at Oklahoma City.AILING KINGSShumpert (bruised right hip) and Bogdanovic (sore right foot) were both listed as day-to-day, while Bagley (bruised left knee) is expected to miss about another week.REBOUNDING PROBLEMSThe Thunder’s 66 rebounds were the most by a Kings opponent in regulation since the Portland Trail Blazers also had 66 in a 1993 game. Buddy Hield had a career-best 37 points, including 7-of-14 shooting from 3-point range, and De’Aaron Fox added 28 points and 12 assists for the Kings, who have given up 130 or more points in four of their last five games.“It’s not exciting for me, watching guys just tee it up and go right down the lane over and over and over,” coach Dave Joerger said. “We’ve got to get better individually guarding the basketball, and we’ve got to get a little bit more active in our help.”Fox said the Thunder turned things around after two losses to the Kings by using their height advantage.“We see teams trying to crash (the boards) a lot more than they did earlier in the season because they were worried about us running,” Fox said. “We just have to stop giving up offensive rebounds and second-chance points.”It was a matchup of short-handed teams. The Kings were missing Iman Shumpert, Marvin Bagley III and Bogdan Bogdanovic because of injuries, while Oklahoma City guards Raymond Felton and Dennis Schroder were serving one-game suspensions for leaving the bench area during a scuffle with the Chicago Bulls on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil
The newly confirmed Deputy Sports Minister, Henry B. Yonton, Jr., has assured sporting associations and related institutions of a cordial working relationship. The former diminutive midfield maestro of 2nd division outfit Kardinal FC, said in an interview that he made the commitment during a meeting with heads of sporting associations.He stressed that he has come to the position with an absolute and unconditional love for sports owing to his stint on the field and on the administrative bench.Deputy Minister Yonton said chief amongst the stakeholders’ grievances is the delay of their budgetary allocations.He also made mention of the most popular sporting event, the National County Meet, which is always marred with protests over the fielding of illegal players.Mr. Yonton, who boasted of being a good team player, manager and leader, said he has also assured employees at the Ministry of a cordial working relationship and would solicit and listen to technical advice but he believes in the hands-on-job style, approach with follow ups on instructions.He also said he believes in the chain-of-command, fairness, transparency, accountability and respect.However, Mr. Yonton disclosed that he has already submitted a three-month’s plan to Minister Eugene Nagbe for approval for the advancement of sports in the country for the fiscal year June 30.“After the passage of the 2014/2015 Fiscal Budget, I will do an annual plan, and that plan would focus on the progress of sports in the country,” Mr. Yonton said.He stated that in other to address the protest prone County Meet, Counties would be instructed to provide the listing of their players in all the disciplines at least a month to the National County Meet to enable the Ministry to adequately verify their status.“I can assure you I will be loved by everyone, because I am a good team player, a good teammate and leader,” Mr. Yonton opined.He added: “I am not here to run parallel office to my bosses, am here to support them to run the Ministry…and I am ready to face the challenge.”Minister Yonton is also the Vice President of and player of the Alpha Oldtimer Association.He was formerly Assistant Minister for Administration at the Planning Ministry and replaced former Dionysius Sebwe.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Liberia’s basketball giants, NPA ‘Deadly’ Pythons and LRPC Oilers have qualified for the semi-finals of the national basketball league, known as the Big 4, reports Leroy M. Sonpon, lll.On Sunday the rivals signed up their already routine seats in the ongoing basketball championship at the open-air Sports Commission on Broad Street.Pythons got their automatic qualification when they symbolically bounced the ball to net 20 points to indicate forfeit points from Barnersville Celtic, while Oilers whipped Timber Wolves 72-66 points.In other Sunday’s matches Bushrod Bulls bowed to Harbel Pointers 54-44 points and Phoenix whipped Timber Wolves in the female category.Accordingly, Mighty Barrolle and Timber Wolves are set to qualify to join LPRC and NPA.With the latest forfeiture of Barnersville Celtics, one may believe that if such free points continue, it is obvious that both outfits would go on an easy ride.Last weekend’s fixtures were cancelled because of the rain and LBA secretary general, D. Allen Goodridge told the Daily Observer yesterday that the semi finals might kick-off next week if the weather is favorable. Goodridge admitted that the rain is seriously stalling the progress of the league.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Ex Mighty Barrolle goal-getter Jonathan Armah Baxter has been commended for his initiative and consistent recommendation for APM Terminals’ Terminators recent trip to Grand Bassa County.Speaking at the end of the two-day visit yesterday in Buchanan, Mr. Karl Gnonlonfin, head of Health Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) at APM Terminals, who accompanied the team told the players of the former striker’s invaluable contributions towards the team’s successful trip.“I think if anyone deserves credit that person is Baxter,” Mr. Gnonlonfin said, as players cheered, minutes before they boarded their vehicles to return to Monrovia yesterday.He told the players that APM Terminals believes in quality of its name.“We want to develop a team so that whenever we meet our opponents in a match we can win without question,” Mr. Gnonlonfin said, as the players cheered him.He told the players that losing 2-1 to LAC Defenders last Sunday in a friendly match celebrating Liberia’s 168th Independence Anniversary, in the wake of their short preparation and long ride from Monrovia, is an indication that the team could do better in the future.“Work with Mr. Baxter,” he urged them, “so that all of you can develop a better team that can represent us in the future.” He said he observed a good number of players on the team who must work together cohesively.“You have players but not a team,” he said. “You must work together and develop a team.”He told them to provide support to the initiatives of Mr. Baxter and develop corps of officers to run the affairs of the sports association.“I will give you my push,” he told them, “if you organize yourself and support each other with a great deal of discipline.” He said soccer has passion that makes people spend huge sum of money to either watch it or to support it.Mr. Gnonlonfin, who played football in high school but only played during his first year in college, said soccer’s ability to bring people together to support a common cause is overwhelming.“I saw on the field how people were cheering for either of the teams and this was good,” he said, promising that December will see another outing for the team. It is the team’s second outing; the first was a trip to Bomi County.Jonathan Armah Baxter played in the 1980s for several clubs, including St. Joseph’s Warriors, NPA and Mighty Barrolle. He has a wealth of experience in coaching and team management. The team is coached by ex NPA star George Paintsil.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As the Liberian Government embarks on making the country a middle income nation by 2030, the Governance Commission and some stakeholders are suggesting solid education and skills training for Liberians if the middle income goal is to be achieved.At a policy dialogue conference on the theme, “Reaching the Middle Income Country Goal: the human Capacity Issues,” the Governance Commission and other stakeholders in their conclusion noted that although abundant natural and human resources exist in the country, it has remained today one of the world’s poorest economies.Quoting statistical data, the groups pointed to the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Database, which states that Liberia was placed at 181 out of 184 economies worldwide in 2013.According to a prepared document containing conclusive views of the stakeholders and Governance Commission, lack of effective human capital has consistently served as a major impediment to the growth of Liberia’s economy and its overall output.In their concluding statement, the GC and its partners noted that the cluster of graduates specializing in fields not consistent with workforce requirement projections has rendered the total supply of human resources in the national labor force and its resulting output as fairly inelastic (weak).This translates to a much lower than could be annual growth in Liberia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a result of uneven distribution of skilled and semi-skilled labor in sectors that drive aggregate demand.“In order to reduce the fairly inelastic nature of our yearly labor supply, we must focus on the output of graduates at the upper basic, secondary and tertiary levels and ensure that they are specializing in fields and taking career paths that are most urgently needed and speak to Liberia’s present day workforce requirements,” the statement noted.A change in this situation, the policy dialogue concluding statement says, requires a reexamination of Liberia’s education system in order to fill those current capacity gaps and produce the needed skills consistent with current national needs.“The system must now focus on increasing workforce needs in professional, technical, skilled and semi-skilled categories that are required for nation building, and as such develop strategies that will address capacity gaps from as early as the lower basic education level,” the statement said.In the quest for needed workforce that conforms to realities of the day, the statement noted that Liberia is fortunate and blessed with a favorably youthful population, an optimal contributor to the attainment of national goal (s) if skilled and developed properly.Emphasis on education in Liberia nowadays highlights mostly Science and Technology. But it has been observed over time that many Liberian students studying at universities, including the state-owned University of Liberia, prioritize Business and Liberal Arts colleges rather than Science.Statistics gathered from the University of Liberia about enrollment in the Science and Technology College and College of Agriculture show that from 2009 to 2013 a total of 619 enrolled in the Agriculture College, 345 studying General Agriculture, 69 in Agronomy and 196 in General Forestry while only 5 were enrolled in Wood Technology.In the Science and Technology College 916 enrolled in Science, 656 in Biology, Chemistry accounted for 50, Mathematics 62, Zoology 38, Physics 17 and Engineering (Civil, Electrical and Mining) 170.The dialogue was moderated by Dr. Toga Mcintosh, Vice President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission.Panelists included the Ministers of Education, Labor, Gender Children and Social Protection, Finance and Development Planning, the president of the Association of Liberian Universities and the Chairman of the National Commission on Higher Education.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe: “They know the taste of good life now, and getting them out of the luxury to account for crimes perpetrated against innocent people will be more painful than what they did to victimize people.” -Says Cllr. GongloeAmid counter-reactions from the government and some members of the public against the call for the establishment of a war crimes court in Liberia, human rights lawyer Cllr. Tiawon Saye Gongloe says it does not matter how many years it has taken since the war ended, because justice is good to be implemented in time of peace.Cllr. Gongloe, speaking on Tuesday, September 25, at a press conference organized by groups of human rights advocates in Monrovia, said prosecuting war criminals in time of peace sets a good legacy that would give victims relief and frustrate perpetrators who have used scare tactics to enrich themselves at the detriment of their victims.“It is good at this time to have justice and prosecute perpetrators of war crimes, because these perpetrators are living luxurious lives and have built decent houses,” Cllr. Gongloe said.“They know the taste of good life now, and getting them out of the luxury to account for crimes perpetrated against innocent people will be more painful than what they did to victimize people,” he said.Gongloe said it is now time for Liberia to fight impunity, because without it the current peace that Liberians talk of preserving will still be threatened. “In order to have genuine peace, we must fight impunity,” he said.He emphasized that the perpetrators of war identified in the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) are getting older, “and may die if they are not prosecuted to ensure justice, which will be a bad legacy for the country.”Furthermore, Cllr. Gongloe said most of the victims who should serve as witnesses are getting older as well and, if they die, evidence that should back justice will be gone. He described war criminals as “cowards” who do not follow rules and only act when laws are weak.He added that this is the right time for justice, because “it is logical to reason that when there is a war and ceasefire is declared, you resettle people, put in place a government and rule of law, and then you can bring justice.” Therefore, he said, Liberia, having gone through these processes, has the right time for justice.Since the TRC made its recommendations in 2009, following the hearing, there have been opposing views about the full implementation of the recommendations, which call for the prosecution of those who bear the greatest responsibility during the Liberian Civil War.It may be recalled that in May this year, a group under the banner “Citizens Action for the Establishment of War and Economic Crimes Court in Liberia,” came out to present a petition to the Legislature, to enact a law that will call for the establishment of a war crimes court.This request has also met counter-reaction from the government, with House Speaker Bhofal Chambers and a few others stating that they are opposed to retributive justice.Furthermore, some clergymen, among them Herman Browne of the Episcopal Church and current president of the Cuttington University (CU), have registered their opposition to the process.In recent days, Browne said the call for the establishment of a war crimes court is“revenge that is not meant for justice.”In response to a question surrounding these views, Cllr. Gongloe said before some clergymen took on their titles, they committed heinous crimes 15 years back and the guilt is hovering over them.Since the TRC process and subsequent call for the establishment of a war crimes court in Liberia, only Joshua Blayee, alias Butt Naked, has admitted to crimes he committed and expressed willingly his desire to face the tribunal and bear the consequences for his crimes.The rest, including Nimba County Senator Prince Johnson, has always said that bringing a war crimes court will cause Liberia to revert to its dark days.But Cllr. Gongloe said those calling for justice should not get tired, because those warlords are afraid and fear is another form of justice.Hassan Bility of GJRP, Danieletta Sleyon of FHRD, Adama Dempster of HRAPL and Cllr. Gongloe.The press conference at which Cllr. Gongloe spoke was organized by Amnesty International, CIVITAS MAXIMA, Global Justice and Research Project, Human Rights Watch, Coalition for Justice in Liberia, Civil Society Organization Platform and the Center for Justice and Accountability.These groups, together with others, are calling on President George Weah to make an open admission to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that would back justice in pursuit of accountability for past war crimes committed in Liberia.In a letter written and endorsed by 80 human rights organizations and read by Adama Dempster to President Weah, the groups called on the government to establish a process of accountability for past war crimes, following its first-ever review of human rights violations.The group said that since July 1, 2009, when the TRC called for the establishment of a war crimes court for the prosecution of those who bear the greatest responsibilities in the Liberian Civil War, no government has made a decision on the report.“By seizing the General Assembly high-level segment to present plans for Liberia to bring justice for the serious abuses committed during the civil wars, you would stand with victims and take an important step to address impunity—which has undermined development and reconciliation in the country for far too long—and then build sustainable peace for Liberians,” the groups said in a statement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Parking meter contract exposedThe ‘secret’ parking meter contract is a secret no more. And with the many concessions and monopolistic clauses it features in Smart City Solution Incorporated’s favour, the contract shows that only three City Hall officials from the People’s National Congress (PNC) and the Town Clerk, ratified the document.The signatories are Mayor of Georgetown, Patricia Chase Green; Town Clerk Royston King; Chairman of City Hall’s Finance Committee, Oscar Clarke and Clarke’s predecessor, Councillor Junior Garrett. On the contract, which was seen by Guyana Times, three other spaces intended for Councillors to sign as witnesses were left blank.The signatories to the original contractThere has been widespread public outcry against the Parking Meter Project over the past months with a movement staging protest actions against the “draconian” costs and penalties of the project. Among the shocking clauses in the contract are:• the company can extend the duration of the 49-year agreement for an additional 49 years under the same terms of the current agreement subject to the approval of the city. The company was given the option to operate in Guyana for almost one century• The contract’s ‘terror clause’ protects Smart City Solutions, as it includes a clause intended to scare the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) at the prospect of terminating the agreement. Further, the Council would have to pay the reasonable out-of-pocket and documented costs and expenses incurred by the company as a direct result of such termination, cancellation, rescinding or voiding; the M&CC has been barred by the agreement from terminating the contract for its own convenience.• Under Article 12 – Taxes – of the unamended contract, the M&CC also has to support and in fact facilitate SCSI in any move it makes to secure exemption from income, corporation, and capital gains taxes, as well as Value Added Tax (VAT) and all other levies and taxes.The signatories to the original contract• SCSI is also granted the power to establish distinct and multiple geographic parking zones within the territory of the city which shall be subject to distinct metered parking fees and parking fines.• There is also a section which grants the company, at its own discretion, the option to develop, construct, operate and even maintain garaged parking operations either above ground or subterranean. Section 4.11, Garaged Parking, SCSI would “identify” to the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) any available land it wanted and submit plans.• According to Section 4.3, Other Parking Systems and Facilities, “the city will not operate and will neither permit the operation of paid public parking facilities nor the operation of any metered parking systems other than that of (SCSI).”Town Clerk Royston KingIt is unclear whether Councillors were asked to sign and had refused. What is clear is that the four officials nevertheless proceeded with ratifying the contract. SCSI Chairman Simon Mosheshvili and Director, Ifa Cush signed the contract on behalf of the company.PNC stalwart Oscar ClarkeThe four officials were dubbed the “Fantastic Four” after they embarked on trips to Mexico and Panama, funded by the company, to allegedly conduct due diligence checks on the parking meters the company had previously installed. However, these checks were performed after they signed the contract with SCSI.The City Council and outgoing Deputy Mayor, Sherod Duncan, reportedly did not sanction the trips, nor were they aware of them. The Deputy Mayor had insisted that a full council must discuss the deal, in keeping with the Council’s role. However, Chase Green has always denied the existence of a “Fantastic Four” faction which would sideline other Councillors when making decisions affecting Georgetown.“I don’t know of any group of four persons. I know we are Councillors and I am the chairperson for this Council,” Chase Green had said last year. “The contract is at the Town Clerk’s office. Anyone is free to request to look at it, nobody came forward to look at it, but you’re reading all sorts of things in the press.”Secret dealPatricia Chase GreenHowever, other Councillors have repeatedly complained about the secretive nature of the contract. Up to Friday, People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Councillor Bishram Kuppen had stated that while the Mayor and the Town Clerk claim the contract is available for review, what they mean is that Councillors can go to the ‘secret’ office and view the contract.“We’re an elected council; we shouldn’t have to go to a secret office to view the contract. The contract has to be brought to the full council for review and that has never been done.“At no point in time has the contract been brought to the Council for review. They’re simply giving you points. And then eventually they brought an amendment which was not presented with the contract itself.”“Now does this make sense? You’re bringing an amendment to the Council to look at, but they have not seen the contract that they are about to amend. Now the amendments, we are not sure if they will end up in the amended contract. Because I’m seeing they are giving conflicting report,” the councilor had said.TermsThe Georgetown Parking Meter Concession Agreement between the City of Georgetown and SCSI grants sweeping concessions to the company to implement parking meters.The parking meter project has already attracted widespread condemnation and even mass protests in front of City Hall, on Regent Street. Among the various grievances of protesters are the burdensome penalties and harsh enforcement of the city by-laws governing parking meters.Additionally, a perusal of the contract shows that under Section 45.7, sub heading Other Enforcement Services, SCSI is allowed to step outside of enforcing the parking meter regulations. According to the original contract, SCSI could penalise motorists for double parking, using no parking zones to park and other parking infractions.Last year, Government-ordered reviews of the agreement by the Ministries of Legal Affairs and Finance had prompted moves to amend the terms.
Sam Cassell was all smiles as he chatted with numerous reporters. Cuttino Mobley wore a stern look on his face for most of the afternoon. And the rest of the new Clippers got together for the first time at Staples Center for media day Monday as the team starts training camp today in Santa Barbara. The team’s goal is to make the playoffs and how Cassell and Mobley fit in could be the decisive factor in achieving that. Cassell and Mobley, who can be extremely vocal and cocky, could change the overall attitude of the Clippers as they try to have a winning record for the first time since the 1991-92 season. Elton Brand, who is starting the third year of a six-year, $82.2 million contract, still will be the team’s leader, but the dynamic among the squad should change. “Without a doubt, the swagger level goes up,” Brand said. “Sam Cassell has been talking trash as soon as he came here. That’s what we need. We need somebody that’s confident like that, saying, hey, jump on our bandwagon or get left behind. We haven’t had that.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Cassell’s confidence even came out during the feel-good, non-confrontational media day as he dismissed the notion that he could be in a training camp battle with 20-year-old Shaun Livingston for the starting point guard job. “That’s a guy that you guys (reporters) blew up,” he said. “When we get on the court, his (butt) is mine. That’s the mind-frame that he’s got to understand. What you did previously – no one cares about that. You got to be ready, and I’m going to help him be ready.” Notes: Corey Maggette was the lone Clipper not to be with the squad. He rushed home to Chicago because of a family emergency. He is expected to join the squad sometime this week in Santa Barbara. Joe Stevens, (562) 499-1338 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Despite their years-long pledge to stop dumping Los Angeles’ residential trash in Sunshine Canyon, city leaders cast an 11th-hour vote to extend the contract so they could develop a plan to reduce Los Angeles’ reliance on landfills. After weeks of tense hearings, the City Council narrowly approved a six-month extension for deciding whether to renew a five-year contract with Browning-Ferris Industries, which owns Sunshine Canyon Landfill in Granada Hills. The council then agreed to begin work to expand recycling programs to apartments and businesses, to study alternatives to landfills and to review whether to shorten the proposed BFI contract to three years. The city has commissioned a $1.1 million study of trash technologies. But the council balked, coming up one vote shy of the number needed to extend the deal. The panel reconsidered a few days later, and narrowly approved a six-month extension after BFI rescinded a deadline for reaching a deal. — Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “This is a culture change. We have the opportunity now to move our trash where ever it’s in our best interest,” said Councilman Greig Smith, who unveiled his own 20-year plan to expand recycling, convert waste into energy and pay tax incentives for businesses using trash in manufacturing. The City Council will review the options and vote in January whether to renew the BFI contract, which expires in June 2006. The decision will determine the destination of nearly 100 million tons of garbage generated each year by single-family homes and some apartment dwellers. The council’s refusal to grant BFI an extension outright was seen as a victory for residents on the North San Fernando Valley, which have complained for years about the odors, dust and truck traffic generated by the neighboring landfill. The year began with then-Mayor James Hahn and Villaraigosa – who emerged as his leading challenger and ultimately defeated him – each opposing extension of the Sunshine Canyon contract. After his election, however, Villaraigosa changed his position and asked the council to extend the contract because of the cost and the lack of alternatives.
FERNDALE >> Simply due to both the weather and sloppy field conditions, Ferndale head coach Kim Jorgensen figured his game plan would be centered around the run.Even with wind gusts that gave the flag poles at Coach Carlson Wildcat Field a run for their money, the Wildcats found a few chances to get the ball into the air, too.Senior quarterback Nathan Hansen threw three touchdown passes and junior running back Wyatt Coppini rushed for 162 yards and a pair of scores, as the Ferndale football …